Not much development happens in East Elmhurst, a sleepy little neighborhood in Queens sandwiched in between LaGuardia Airport, Willets Point, and Flushing Bay. The working class area doesn’t have any subway lines, unless residents want to take a long walk or a bus to the 7 train at Roosevelt Avenue.
Fong Benny, operating under an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 838 41st Street, in Sunset Park, four blocks from the D train’s stop at 9th Avenue. The building will measure 9,034 square feet, and a 2,462 square-foot daycare facility will span the ground and cellar levels. Beginning on the second floor, units will average 822 square feet apiece. Brooklyn-based Shiming Tam is the architect of record, and a two-story townhouse must first be demolished.
Brooklyn-based Ranco Capital has filed applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 1487 Broadway, in southern Bushwick, two blocks before the J train’s stop at Halsey Street. The project will total 15,377 square feet, and includes 3,000 and 377 square feet of retail and health care facility spaces, respectively, on the ground floor. Residential units will average a relatively spacious 1,200 square feet apiece. Diego Aguilera’s Rego Park-based firm is the architect of record, and an existing two-story structure must first be demolished.
Last week, the city approved structural design changes to the New York Wheel project in St. George, on the northern tip of Staten Island, according to Commercial Observer. The changes mostly have to do with the 950-car parking garage, which will now be four levels and more environmentally sustainable. Over the summer, construction began on the footprint of the 630-foot-tall Ferris wheel, and by August, cranes arrived on site. The majority of the caissons have been planted, and construction of the Ferris wheel will begin early next year, with completion slated for the first half of 2017.
After nearly a decade of anticipation, false starts and design changes, 855 6th Avenue is nearing completion. The 479-foot-tall tower has finally taken its place on the burgeoning Midtown South skyline, and upon completion it will fill the missing link between Herald Square to the north and the hybrid Chelsea/NoMad district to the south. The Durst Organization is developing the 41 story mixed-use project, which consists of significant residential, retail, and office components.